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2022 Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) Challenge Exam

Application period:
Phase 1: 1 June – 8 July 2022
Phase 2: 1 September – 7 October 2022
Exam period:
Phase 1 (for applicants approved in June – July 2022):
1 August – 30 August 2022 and 1 November – 30 November 2022
Phase 2 (for applicants approved in September – October 2022):
1 November – 30 November 2022 and 1 February – 28 February 2023


For the most updated information of CIA Challenge Exam, please visit the official CIA Challenge Exam webpage.


The Institute, in partnership with The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), is pleased to offer the 2022 CIA Challenge Exam to its members. The exam is a fast track route for Institute members to attain the globally-recognized Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation.


The IIA is the acknowledged worldwide leader of the internal audit profession and serves as the global voice, recognized authority, chief advocate, and principal educator, with more than 200,000 members around the world.


This accelerated version of the CIA exam is an excellent opportunity to show your achievement and expertise in the internal audit field and increase your opportunities for professional growth and upward mobility.



Only current HKICPA members are eligible for this exam. Qualification Programme students, International Affiliate (IA), and former members are not eligible.


Exam Format

  • 3-hour exam
  • 150 multiple choice questions
  • Offered in English only


Exam Package

The 2022 CIA Challenge Exam package fee:

  • US$1,195 for HKICPA members who are IIA members
  • US$1,545 for HKICPA members who are non-members of IIA


You may refer to IIA HK's website or contact your local Affiliate on IIA membership application.


The package fee covers:

  • CIA Challenge Exam application fee;
  • CIA Challenge Exam registration fee;
  • CIA Challenge Exam Study Guide for Qualified CAs / CPAs and practice questions included within the customized CIA Learning System; and
  • Access to the Standards to help you prepare for the exam.


Exam Retake

Candidates of 2022 CIA Challenge Exam who are unsuccessful in passing their examination can retake the exam with unlimited number of times within 3 years. The retake exams will be available in August 2022, and November 2022, February 2023. The price for the retake exam is US$795 for IIA members and US$945 for non-IIA members.


Application steps


Before going through the application, you are recommended to get the below items ready and ensure they are acceptable by The IIA. Once the application of CIA challenge exam has been submitted via the online platform, NO REFUNDS, in part or whole, will be offered.

  1. Create a profile or log in to the Certification Candidate Management System (CCMS). You can refer to this manual for assistance.
  2. Select Apply for Certified Internal Auditor."
  3. Select "CIA Challenge Program for Qualified Chartered Accountants and Certified Public Accountants."
  4. After the payment screen, you must upload a letter of good standing issued by HKICPA* and a government-issued ID. You must also complete the electronic character reference#. Once approved into the program, you may register and schedule your examination.
  5. To register and schedule your exam, select "Manage my program > CIA > Register."


* Letter of good standing: Please email to and specifying "request of the letter of good standing for applying 2022 CIA Challenge Exam"


# Electronic character reference: Please fill in his/her full name, title, email address, preferred language, and the company. The IIA will email your character reference request to the person you submitted. You can invite the following persons to be your character reference:
‒ An individual holding and active IIA designation
‒ Your current supervisor
‒ A professor (for students only)


Exam sitting


Online test

The IIA is offering online testing for candidates to take CIA Challenge Exam from home. You may get more details from this webpage.


It is important to take note that if you choose to take examinations with online testing, you must ensure technology and equipment compatibility as you are responsible for your own equipment and any disruption in your internet connectivity.


Taking exam at testing center

Candidates can take the exam at the IIA authorized testing centers. Currently there are 5 testing centers in Hong Kong and you may visit then click "find a test center" to get the list. Please note 2022 CIA Challenge Exam is not offering in Mainland China.


If you have any inquiries about the local testing centers, you can contact PearsonVUE, the testing center provider, at


Exam Security


Please refer to Exam Security page or Appendix A of the Certification Handbook for the details.


If you have any enquiries, you may contact us by phone at (852) 2287-7228 or through email at